It's good to see things return somewhat to normal. Since when did teams from the Big 12 and Big East play in the greatest bowl of them all, it feels weird to me but maybe I'm an 80's nostalgic. You have to give the BCS credit for recognizing USC's 2nd half surge to become the scariest opponent in the country and rewarding them with the very prestigious Orange Bowl. To be completely honest,
I'm sure you are all up to speed on the All Pac-10 results and how they came out. Everything seemed to be in order with the exception of a couple injustices which seem to occur every year when post-season honors are distributed. Shaun Cody is the best defensive lineman SC has had in the program in over a decade but playing in less than one and a half conference games should not have secured him an honorable mention nod. It should have gone to Omar Nazel, a big time performer this year who played through sternum and leg injuries. Omar has resurrected his career and should have been recognized for it. They can save the awards for Cody when he gets Defensive Player of the Year next season. Also, I'm unhappy that Lenny Vandermade (who did play the bulk of the Pac-10 schedule before being injured) was not rewarded, he has been the heart of the Trojan o-line for years with his nastiness and physical play. Without him, the offensive line has some holes and I don't think Jacob Rogers gets 1st team honors without Lenny playing next to him. Those are just some quick gripes….no big deal.
Yes, to the disdain of the entire local and national media I'm headed to the Big Apple to cover the Heisman Trophy race. Carson Palmer will not be there until Saturday afternoon and then he may be flying right out depending on if he wins or not so I have three days to kick around at CBGB and Birdland. I will write a report on it next week. What can be said about
In unrelated news, I have just learned this morning that Bob Toledo has been fired and replaced by interim coach Ed Kezerian (aka the guy who waves the towel on the UCLA sidelines). The big question now is will Big Ed wave the towel during the games or not? Perhaps he'll just have the towel on his neck or wear it during pre-game only. It should be interesting to watch and I guess we'll all miss Bob Toledo. I probably shouldn't take any shots at the guy when he's down so I won't….except to say that it was interesting to see him create a media firestorm about his job before anybody had said a word to him about it. His boss, the AD, had no comment about the situation for two weeks. Bob's still getting paid though and he should resurface somewhere else, let's be honest…he is a pretty good coach. I guess I can give him a little love on his way out the door. As for the towel waving guy, all I can say is my God….my God.
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Petros Papadakis is a former USC tailback and the sideline reporter for Trojans football on KMPC-1540. He also hosts the Trojans pregame show and Tuesday night's USC Insider on KMPC-1540. On television, Petros is an analyst for Fox Sports Net's Southern California Sports Report and he's the sideline reporter for Fox Sports Net's "High School Game of the Week." When Petros is not doing television or radio he's waiting tables at his family's Greek restaurant, Papadakis Taverna, in San Pedro. Petros has no free time.